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click to enlarge Sons of CreamTres Hombres, Woodland Park, 687-0625Friday, June 30, 9:30 p.m.$5
  • Sons of Cream
    Tres Hombres, Woodland Park, 687-0625
    Friday, June 30, 9:30 p.m.
    $5

Kofi Baker started playing drums at age six, under the tutelage of Dad, legendary drummer Ginger Baker of Cream fame. Jack Bruce's kid, Malcolm, started playing early too, performed in orchestras and choirs while in school, studied at the prestigious Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, and eventually followed in his dad's footsteps, turning to blues-rock guitar and vocals. Together now in their 20s, the two make up Sons of Cream.

The pulsing, sonic energy of classic Cream ("White Room") shines through in a few of the tunes on their demo, recorded live at L.A.'s House of Blues. Baker's drumming is polyrhythmic and strong, driving the songs with an almost orchestral power; Bruce's vocals are sultry -- reminiscent of early Mick Jagger, and his guitar work is sophisticated. Sons of Cream are currently working on their first CD.

It's a tough act to follow -- I mean, really, can you imagine walking into the studio, drumsticks in hand, and admitting you're Ginger Baker's son? But Sons of Cream are definitely up to making their own mark, and their hard-driving classic rock tinged with a taste of blues will rock the walls of Tres Hombres this Friday night.

Cream was intact only a few short, golden years before guitarist Eric Clapton split off in '68 to express himself a little more soulfully, minus the screaming licks, and Baker and Bruce went on to make widely varied music as well. Now Sons of Cream takes the stage, hoping to bathe in the sunshine of your love.

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